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LA-RICS Selects Motorola Solutions to Develop Public Safety Broadband Network for the Los Angeles Region

Date: 2014-03-10
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Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology will give first responders high-speed, wireless access to mission-critical data for routine, emergency and catastrophic events

The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communication System Authority (LA-RICS) has selected Motorola Solutions, Inc. to develop a wireless Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) based on 4G LTE  to provide mission-critical data communications for the region’s more than 34,000 law enforcement, fire service and health service professionals and more than 80 public safety agencies.

LA-RICS awarded a $175 million contract to Motorola, if all options are exercised, for a five-phase project to design, construct, implement and maintain the LTE network. Motorola will deliver the PSBN solution operating on Public Safety LTE Band Class 14 of the 700 MHz spectrum to provide a shared, region-wide data system throughout the 4,000-square-mile area. LA-RICS is funding the 231-site project primarily with federal grants from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The high-speed LTE PSBN will provide mission-critical, public safety data communications for the entire Los Angeles region, connecting first responders to to regional, state and federal agencies during natural disasters and other widespread emergencies and enabling  them to use the latest video, data and other broadband tools to execute their missions more efficiently and safely. 

Motorola’s Public Safety LTE solution supports a host of public safety applications, such as integrated command center applications and other computer-aided dispatch (CAD) solutions, real-time video streaming, tactical collaboration, dynamic mapping and routing, and in-field reporting, as well as optional push-to-talk and location services. The new LTE network will connect the region’s first responders.

“Proceeding with this wireless Public Safety Broadband Network for the Los Angeles region will assist LA-RICS in fulfilling its goal of providing the finest public safety grade mission-critical communications to the region’s public safety professionals,” said Patrick Mallon, executive director, LA-RICS.

Last August, LA-RICS awarded a contract to Motorola to develop an ASTRO®25 radio system that will provide mission-critical voice communications for the Los Angeles region. The Project 25 radio system will provide real-time interoperable communications for the Los Angeles area, as well as with regional, state and federal agencies. Combined with the LTE network, LA-RICS will provide state-of-the-art wireless voice and data communications for the entire region of more than 10 million people.

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Motorola Solutions, 3/6/14)

 

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